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Lesson 34
count and noncount nouns

It’s necessary to know the differences between count and noncount nouns. This knowledge improves your grammar. 

34a. count nouns✍🏾

A count noun is a noun with both singular and plural forms. These nouns are generally countable: 

 

singular

a book

a tie

a cup 

a problem

an elephant 

an egg

a trip

 

plural

books

ties

cups

problems

elephants 

eggs 

trips

34a. Examples

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  • Lisa is getting ready for a trip.
  • She’s laying out her clothes
  • She’s packing a belt
  • She’s also going to pack an extra pair of shoes
  • She’s going to bring an extra camera, too.  Now she has two cameras

34b. noncount nouns

A noncount noun is noun that has only a singular form. These nouns represent things that are generally not countable due to the nature in which they exist. 

  • Rice comes in a bag. (We don’t count every grain of rice. There are too many.) 
  • Jerry put gas in his gar. (Words for liquids are usually noncount nouns.) 
  • There’s water coming from the hose. (You can’t count water.) 
  • We enjoyed the silence of the evening. 
  • The traffic around here is getting worse.  (Traffic is a constant flow of vehicles, so it’s considered uncountable.)

34b. Examples ✍🏾

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  • You can buy gas at a gas station. 
  • You can also buy oil there. 
  • Food is also available. 

Practice

Write in your notebook. ✍🏾

Directions: Indicate if the noun in bold in each sentence is a count noun or a noncount noun. 

1. He has some work to do.  (count / noncount) 

2. I bought some apples. (count / noncount) 

3. The traffic is moving very slowly. (count / noncount) 

4. There’s a cat on the chair. (count / noncount) 

5. The fruit in the basket is very colorful. (count / noncount) 

6. The school gave us a lot of information. (count / noncount) 

7.  How many people were at event? (count / noncount) 

8. That’s a very important question. (count / noncount) 

9. The accommodations at the hotel were outstanding. (count / noncount) 

10. Honesty is an important part of a relationship. (count / noncount) 

 

The answers are below. 

 

Answers: 

1. noncount noun

2. count noun

3. noncount noun

4. count noun

5. noncount noun

6. noncount noun

7. count noun

8. count noun

9. count noun

10. noncount noun

 

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